Set up Mahadayi tribunal in 3 weeks: SC

Set up Mahadayi tribunal in 3 weeks: SC

 A bench headed by Justice M K Sarma directed the Centre to set up the tribunal, failing which it would hear the petition filed by Goa challenging the construction of a dam by Karnataka on the river.

 Additional Advocate General Hirenbhai Rawal said the government was searching for a space for the tribunal's office.

 Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman appearing for Karnataka agreed to the proposal.
 Goa had opposed to the construction of the Kalasa Bhandura project on the Mahadayi river in Karnataka. Maharashtra has been a party to the issue as it is among the riparian states.

 On January 9, 2009, Goa had urged the apex court to issue direction to stop the construction of the project on the ground that Karnataka has been cutting trees in the forest areas without prior permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

Karnataka embarked upon the Kalasa-Banduri project to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad and Belagavi and Gadag districts.

 It involves building barrages across the Kalasa and Banduri, two tributaries of the Mahadayi river, to divert 7.56 TMC of water to the Malaprabha river which supplies the drinking water needs of the twin cities.